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English verb: alienate

1. alienate (emotion) arouse hostility or indifference in where there had formerly been love, affection, or friendliness

SamplesShe alienated her friends when she became fanatically religious.

ExamplesThe performance is likely to alienate Sue

Synonymsalien, disaffect, estrange

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)alter, change, modify

Narrower (hyponym)drift apart, drift away, wean

2. alienate (possession) transfer property or ownership

SamplesThe will aliened the property to the heirs.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)transfer

3. alienate (emotion) make withdrawn or isolated or emotionally dissociated

SamplesThe boring work alienated his employees.

Pattern of useSomething ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)affect, impress, move, strike

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